Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mark of Evil By Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

Mark of Evil

By Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

Book Description
Economies have fallen, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. Joshua Jordan’s protégé Ethan March, along with Jimmy Louder and Rivka Reuban have been left behind in a world that is rapidly coming under the complete influence of the Antichrist.

Technology is growing by leaps and bounds, with BID-Tag implants, robotic police units, and drone-bots flying overhead . . . all designed to control and dominate those who resist the Antichrist’s reign of evil. As Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance---in short, to survive.

But when the forces of evil attempt to pervert the world’s most powerful information system to their own sinister ends, eliminating everyone who gets in their way, it’s up to Ethan and the Remnant to subvert their dark ambitions. From New York Times best-selling author Tim LaHaye, creator and co-author of the world-renowned Left Behind books, and Craig Parshall, Mark of Evil is the final thrilling chapter in The End series.

With high-tech thrills against a background of prophetic events that seem to leap from today’s news, this is the story of global tribulations bringing the world one step closer to the reign of the Antichrist and the return of Jesus Christ in glory.

Review

The end of the world is here, and people disappeared all around, and those who had not accepted the Lord was left behind to a world or destruction. Through this fiction story, the author give readers an insight of what they would may be like when Christ comes back to earth like he promises. This book is full of adventure and thrills. It is a Christian fiction, but if you like science fiction, and thrillers, you will love this book. Mark of Evil will have you setting on the edge of your seats. This series is a lot like The Left Behind Series written years ago by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jerkins, so if you have read those, you have an idea of what Mark of Evil is. And this is the forth book in this series, so it is better if you go back and read the first three before you read this one so you can understand what is going on.

I received this book from the Booksneeze to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gabriel's Bride by Amy Lillard

Gabriel's Bride

by Amy Lillard



DISCRIPTION....Yoder has two choices: marry Gabriel Fisher or move to Ohio. As an orphan, Rachel doesn’t have much to offer; any match she can make will be a good one. She just didn’t plan on Gabriel with his big hands and permanent frown. As a widower Gabriel needs help caring for the farm and his six children. But he never thought he’d marry a slip of a girl who barely reaches his chin. Yet as time passes, Gabriel finds himself thinking about a real marriage. They have spoken vows to God and each other, but can he risk his heart with Rachel?
Read the first chapter of Gabriel's Bride  HERE.


My Review
Wow I think this is my favorite book in the Clover Ridge Series, of course that's what I said about each of the others when I read them! Amy Lillard was on my 'Favorite Author's' list  when I read the first book in this series, Katie's Choice.
After her aunt's death, Rachel needed a place to stay, and Gabriel needed a housekeeper, so taking Gabriel up on his offer to move in with his family should solve both of their problems, right? Well it did until the elders of the Amish church starts hearing the gossip from the Amish grapevine, and Gabriel never thought he would marry a tiny someone like Rachel.
I was so into this story! Both Rachel and Gabriel were living a life of hurts from the past. Rachel losing her family in an accident, and Gabriel dealing with losing his wife while trying to work the farm and raising their six kids. I felt so sorry for Rachel because I  would be just like her if I had to cook, clean, and do laundry for six guys! As well as trying to keep up with everything else Amish women were required to do. There were so many things happening, with some of the boys trying to run Rachel away, and Rachel and Gideon and their attraction for each other, which couldn't happen! It seemed everything was against them.  But that is all I am going to tell you, because you need to find out the outcome of this dysfunctional family for yourself. And you will experience a wonderful, exciting, and entertaining time of enjoyable reading! I love, love Amy Lillard, and will keep all three books in this series so I can read it again! I encourage you to run out and grab a copy of this book, or run to the computer and order online! You will sure not be disappointed!
I received this book from CFBA and B&H Books to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.
I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twilight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stranger Things by Erin Healy

Stranger Things

by Erin Healy


Book Description


In the burnt-out hollow, a house of dark secrets and an eerie beauty beckon.

Serena Diaz’s life is imploding. A troubled student has accused the young biology teacher of sexual misconduct, cutting off her promising career just as it was starting to blossom. But that’s just the beginning of Serena’s problems.

When a therapeutic walk in the woods leads her to a ruined house overtaken by criminals, Serena is assaulted and finds herself witness to the senseless murder of the one man who tries to help her.

Hurled into a world of false accusations and hounded by the press, Serena must confront evil itself to unravel the mysterious visions—and terrifying danger—that pursue her. But she can’t ignore the most haunting question: Why would a mysterious stranger give his life to save hers?

The answer, if she can find it, will point the way to her freedom from evil men in a lascivious trade.

My Review  

I love suspense thriller, and this is just what Stranger Things is. Though sometimes it was difficult to read some of the scenes in this book because author Erin Healy deals with horrific situations with human trafficking. Serena's life seems to be going well, until she stumbles upon and old abandon house, and learns that her boyfriends is not who she thought he was. As well as finding out about a sex trafficking ring happening right in her community.
There is a lot going on in this book, a lot of twists and turn happening to keep you glued to the pages. You are sure to find Stranger Things difficult to put down once you start reading it. I was amazed at some of the truth the author tells in the author notes, that sex trafficking, also known as human trafficking is the third place in the fastest growing illegal industries in the world, behind drugs and weapons. We definitely need to pray for all of those involved in these horrible situations. I highly recommend this book to everyone, because though this is fiction, it enlightens people of what is going on in the read world today.
 I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through their Booksneeze review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Global War on Christians by Jeffrey L Alle

The Global War on Christians

Description
One of the most respected journalists in the United States and the bestselling author of The Future Church uses his unparalleled knowledge of world affairs and religious insight to investigate the troubling worldwide persecution of Christians.

From Iraq and Egypt to Sudan and Nigeria, from Indonesia to the Indian subcontinent, Christians in the early 21st century are the world's most persecuted religious group. According to the secular International Society for Human Rights, 80 percent of violations of religious freedom in the world today are directed against Christians. In effect, our era is witnessing the rise of a new generation of martyrs. Underlying the global war on Christians is the demographic reality that more than two-thirds of the world's 2.3 billion Christians now live outside the West, often as a beleaguered minority up against a hostile majority-- whether it's Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, Hindu radicalism in India, or state-imposed atheism in China and North Korea. In Europe and North America, Christians face political and legal challenges to religious freedom. Allen exposes the deadly threats and offers investigative insight into what is and can be done to stop these atrocities.

“This book is about the most dramatic religion story of the early 21st century, yet one that most people in the West have little idea is even happening: The global war on Christians,” writes John Allen. “We’re not talking about a metaphorical ‘war on religion’ in Europe and the United States, fought on symbolic terrain such as whether it’s okay to erect a nativity set on the courthouse steps, but a rising tide of legal oppression, social harassment and direct physical violence, with Christians as its leading victims. However counter-intuitive it may seem in light of popular stereotypes of Christianity as a powerful and sometimes oppressive social force, Christians today indisputably form the most persecuted religious body on the planet, and too often its new martyrs suffer in silence.”

This book looks to shatter that silence.

MY Review.... This was an interesting  book to read and review. As Christians, we are not fully aware of what is going on in the world, and The Global War on Christians enlightens Christians. It was difficult to read about what goes on with other Christians because of their faith in the Lord. In a world that is suppose to be free speech, it is horrible that Christians can't speak about what they believe. John L. Allen Jr. takes us to China, Africa, The Middle East, and many other countries and a informs the world what is taking place with those who Trust in God, and are not afraid to tell about their faith. This is a book well worth your read. I can never do justice explaining what Allen is saying in his book, so I recommend that you read it for yourself, and see for yourself first hand what this author is saying.

I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cloak of Light by Chuck Black




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Cloak of Light

 by Chuck Black


 From Waterbrook Press

About This Book----Drewis caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark


What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?
 
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Review-----I really like Christian fantasy, and this is one good read! The characters were very well thought out while creating them. The plot is so captivating that I was glued to the book until I finished reading it. Drew was and interesting character, and he sure had his share of difficult situations. Drew looses his sight when he saw something that he didn’t understand, freaking his co-student out at the time! But eventually his sight comes back, and what he sees would change his life. It is all hard to explain here, you just need to get a copy of the book to read. Cloak of the Light is the book, and the author is Chuck Black. For you fantasy fans out there, you need to read this book. You may just like it as much as I did. This is not all from Chuck Black. Stay tuned for more in this series.

 
I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Captive Maiden By Melanie Dickerson

The Captive Maiden

By Melanie Dickerson 

Published by Zondervan

 

Book Description

Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore?
Gisela’s childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father’s death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke’s son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it’s only for a taste of a life she’ll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten’s eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

 

BOOK REVIEW


The Captive Maiden   By Melanie Dickerson 


 


Though this is the first book I’ve read of Melanie Dickerson’s fairytales retellings, I have read many of Melanie’s books and love those I have read!


The Captive Maiden is awesome! I have always loved Cinderella, and to read Ms. Dickerson’s version was so very special. I will never get tired of the Cinderella story, and now I am so glad to have a ‘grown up’ version of it.


Melanie Dickerson writes a wonderful story with characters that I immediately fell in love with. And the story is so well written and captivating, that I didn’t want to it to end! And one more thing, the cover is just plain beautiful! Actually the cover is what drew me to the book, even before I found out who the author was. With a cover as awesome as this, the book can be nothing but good!! I love it, and you will too when you read your copy!


I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through their blogging program, BookSneeze, to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Abingdon Press Presents..A Simple Amish Christmas......by Vannetta Chapman

Abingdon Press Presents..

A Simple Amish Christmas

by Vannetta Chapman

This book is part of a Christmas Blog Tour sponsored by Abingdon Press. Stay Tuned for more awesome Christmas books
in the next two weeks!

a simple amish christmas
About this book
Will Annie find acceptance in the Amish community she left behind?
Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and Annie has several important choices to make.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Annie Weave's rumspringa comes to an end when she is needed at home to take care of her dad. Having a nursing degree, and working in a hospital gives her the knowledge she needs to take very good care of her dad. But then there is Samuel, who has been taking care of the medical conditions for the people in their little Amish community, so Annie doesn't want him to know she is probably more qualified that he is. Does Samuel realize that Annie has grown up while away? Or is he still looking at her to be the young person she was when she left home?
I love Amish, and I love Christmas stories, and I love Vannetta Chapman, so I knew this book had to be awesome! And it was every bit as awesome as I thought it would be. Not only was the holiday's near, the Weaver family has their normal life to take care of, as well as their dad not able to help. As the family and community pulls together to take care of the Weaver household, Samuel and Annie have their difficulties. And with all of these problems in this Amish house, this book was one I couldn't put down. I had to know what would happen to Annie's dad, if Annie would reveal to Samuel her medical knowledge, and I certainly wanted to know how the relationship between Annie and Samuel would go. So I pretty much read this book in one setting, reading much of the night! 
I just know you will love this Weaver Amish family and everything that is involved in taking care of them. I really encourage you to pick up a copy of this heartwarming Christmas book for a few hours of joyful entertainment!
I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of Austin. Visit her on the web at VannettaChapman.com.

A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer AlLee

Merry Christmas from Abingdon Press!

A Wild Goose Chase Christmas 

by Jennifer AlLee

This book is part of a Christmas Blog Tour sponsored by Abingdon Press. Stay Tuned for more awesome Christmas books
in the next two weeks!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Upon her grandmother's death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure.
Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the "treasure map," they're determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren't enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt.
What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?

My Thoughts on this Book
A Wild Goose Chase Christmas is a really good story about the ups and downs of family life. I really like the Grandmother in this story, though she has passed away, she leaves something for the family that will be with them forever. Being one of Abingdon's Quilts of Love Series, one of the special things the grandmother left her family was a quilt with lots of memories that will help heal the family difficult situations, and bring them close together. Each scrap of the quilt has a special place in a family member's heart. 
During the holidays, we think of family and love, and this book is just that. Though its a little different, because the love didn't come easy, but as the gifts from grandmother appear, and the memories flow throughout the family, hearts heal. This is a wonderful book to read anytime, but especially during the Holiday Season. I always enjoy reading good holiday stories, and this one is a really good one! I highly recommend it for a great enjoyable read!
I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


About Jennifer AlLee
A Word from Jennifer:
As I look back on my life, it's interesting to see where God's taken me, and where I took myself that God pulled me out of. I finally got back to writing, the dream of my heart. Since 1996, I've published numerous short stories, devotions and plays. I've also been active in church drama ministries, another passion of mine. My first novel, The Love of His Brother (November 2007, Five Star Publishers), was followed by The Pastor's Wife (February 2010, Abingdon Press) and The Mother Road (April 2012). A Wild Goose Chase Christmas is book two in the new Quilts of Love series.
Besides being a writer, I am a wife and mom. Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, my family has learned how to enjoy the fabulous buffets here without severely impacting our waistlines. God is good!

Peace on Earth, A Christmas Collection.....by Mary Engelbreit

Peace on Earth, A Christmas Collection

by Mary Engelbreit
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Book Description

I surely wish with all my heart, This day of Jesus’ birth, That peace and love and happiness Soon cover all the earth.
Mary Engelbreit rings in the holiday with a Christmas collection that includes many of her favorite carols, the story of Jesus' birth, and beloved poems that touch the heart and celebrate the miracle of the season.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
If you are looking for a book to put it in the Christmas Spirit, this is a book that will do it! This wonderful collection has Christmas carols, poems and stories that will warm your heart as you read them yourself or to your children. Its really nice to see a book with traditional Christmas songs for little ones to learn. And along with the carols and stories, the illustrations in this book are awesome, and very festive. All of this put together makes an amazing book to display on your coffee table for others to enjoy.
I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of Mary Engelbreit's Peace On Earth, A Christmas Collections  for your enjoyment this Christmas Holiday. 
I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through their blogging program, BookSneeze, to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What Once Was Lost ...by Kim Vogel Sawyer

What Once Was Lost 
 
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
 
 
 
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 BOOK DISCRIPTION

A woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart—can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them? On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. But when a fire breaks out in the kitchen leaving the house inhabitable, she must scramble to find shelter for all in her care, scattering her dear “family.” With no other options, Christina is forced to approach Levi Jonnson, a reclusive mill owner, to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. Levi agrees with reluctance but finds himself surprised by the bond that quickly grows between him and Tommy. As obstacles to repairing the farm pile up against Christina, she begins to question her leadership ability and wonders if she can fulfill the mission to which she's dedicated her life. And when an old adversary challenges Christina, will she find an unlikely ally—or more—in the aloof Levi? Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?



REVIEW

Christina was a special person the way she took care of those without a home. They were here family, and she treated them so. When the fire came, she had to do what any mother or family member would do, she found places for those staying at the home for the poor. The boy who was blind ended up with Levi Johnson, who really didn't want to keep the boy, but didn't want to seem so thoughtless either so he kept him, resulting in a wonderful relationship with him. But why the fire? Did someone start the fire? And what will happen with Christiana and the home she wants to keep running for the poor of the community?
You will love this book from Kim Vogel Sawyer! The heartwarming love that Christiana has for those she calls family is so neat and comforting. I think you should pick up a copy of this book and read it for yourself!

 I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55





auth-sm[1]Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print with awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=162648#sthash.mADNFB5Q.dpuf

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Booksneeze Presents....Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

Gunpowder Tea

The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.
When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom—an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.
But she isn’t the only one at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.
Neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn’t removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets—and no one on the ranch is safe.
The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers—and their lives—depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.

 

My Review..............Margaret Brownley has done it again!  I love, love Gunpowder Tea! And I love Miranda! She is so determined to be Pinkerton's top operative, she is willing to do just about anything to make sure that opportunity comes true. Assuming the identity of Annie Beckman at the Last Chance Ranch is just what Miranda needs to prove herself. But dealing with Jeremy Taggart at the ranch could be a problem. Especially since Miranda doesn't know that he is a Wells Fargo Detective searching for the same answers as she is. Which agency will win out?
Margaret Brownley captured my attention from the very first page of Gunpowder Tea. The characters are so real, and Margaret developed each character into someone so unique and personal they will stay with you for many days and months after you finish the story. In fact, I would love a continuation of this series myself! As I read Gunpowder Tea, I not only read a fun, interesting and entertaining story, I laughed until I cried sometimes at the humor throughout the book. Margaret Brownley has a unique way of adding humor to her western and detective story that I absolutely love! I actually love everything about this story, and I just can't say enough about it. But I don't give away plots, so you need to read Gunpowder Tea for yourself and see what its all about. I assure you, you will not be disappointed! I know you  will love, love this entire series from Margaret Brownley!
I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through their blogging program, BookSneeze, to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55..
 
 
 
ABOUT the Author
ff6ec060ada0c83b298b2210.L._V192223235_Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this--except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter at the time. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."
So that's what Margaret did. She's now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit. Her first non-fiction book "Grieving God's Way: the Lasting Path to Hope and Healing" has won much critical acclaim. She is currently working on the third book in her "Brides of Last Chance Ranch series."
Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Last Light by Terri Blackstock




LAST LIGHT

BY TERRI BLACKSTOCK

Series: Restoration Novel, A Volume: 1

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Description

Birmingham, Alabama, has lost all power. Its streets are jammed with cars that won’t start, its airport engulfed in flames from burning planes. All communications---cell phones, computers, even radios---are silent. Every home and business is dark. Is it a natural disaster . . . a terrorist attack . . . or something far worse?
In the face of a crisis that sweeps an entire high-tech planet back to a time before electricity, the Branning family faces a choice. Will they hoard their possessions in order to survive---or trust God to provide as they share their resources with those around them? Yesterday’s world is gone. Family and community are all that remain. And the outage is revealing the worst in some.
Desperation can be dangerous when a killer lives among them.
New York Times best-selling suspense author Terri Blackstock weaves a masterful what-if novel in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human hearts---and lights the way to restoration for a self-centered world.


MY REVIEW.... Ever wondered what would happen if everything suddenly stopped? Computers went down pulling everything to a stop. Cars didn't run, planes fell, everything comes to a complete stop. This is just what happened when Doug and his daughter Deni when one the way home from a trip to Washington. This brought a real struggle for the two to finally get home, including dealing with people in a panic because everyone was in the same situation. Upon returning home to Birmingham, Doug and Deni find everything is just as bad there as what they had witnessed coming home.

I am so glad Zondervan decided to re-release Terri Blackstock's Last Light from the Restoration Series. I loved this first book in the series. As I followed Doug's family and neighbors during this time of outage, I couldn't help wondering what would happen today if this happens. It would be rather scary. I was really neat to see how the neighborhood families came together to survive. Since none of the modern things worked in their home anymore, they had to figure out ways to feed themselves and their families and find different ways to survive. It was neat to see the change in their personality as they worked hard to do what needed to be done. Sometimes when I was reading, a lot of what was happening reminded me of some of the scenes in the Left Behind Series. The suspense here was beyond awesome and kept me up the night I finished reading.

This is a must read if you enjoy suspense fiction. You will surely appreciate this story that author Terri Blackstock has created for her readers. I have read all of Terri's books and love them all, and am very happy to be reading this series for the second time! Check out Last Light now and see what you think!

I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson and Zondervan through their blogging program, BookSneeze, to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

FOREVER FRIDAY BY TIMOTHY LEWIS

FOREVER FRIDAY

BY TIMOTHY LEWIS


Every Friday, a postcard.
Every Friday, a love poem.
Every Friday for sixty years.

Adam Colby is just doing his job, sorting through the unsold Alexander belongings after the estate sale. He is unprepared for what he finds in an old photo album, overlooked by the bargain hounds and treasure hunters—six decades of postcards and poems from Gabe Alexander to his wife, Pearl. The mystery of the Alexanders’ love entices Adam, a man unhinged by divorce and puzzled by the depth of commitment that he finds in the unabashedly romantic cards.

Forever Friday invites you to travel back in time to the early twentieth century Texas Coastal Bend where a young couple—Gabe and Pearl Alexander—are swept up in a miraculous love. As the heartwarming, pulse-quickening story of their relationship develops through Gabe’s poems, the Alexanders reveal a new way to consider what it means to be truly devoted to each other. Could the secrets of their love affair, laid to rest twenty years ago, hold the key to one man’s future?

Here's what I think about this book.......Ever want to sit down and just read an old fashion, nice heartwarming love story? Well that is just what Timothy Lewis gives readers in his book, FOREVER FRIDAY. This story started with Mr. Lewis finding postcards, in the trash mind you, that his great-uncle had sent his great-aunt every Friday for sixty years, Can you imagine? Out of that love of his family members, and several years later, this story breaks through the mind of this gifted and talented storywriter, The story is very well written and the characters are so realistic. This is one of those books you can't put down because you just can't wait to find out how it will end. I will say there are some adult issues, and this there are issues the characters faced because theirs was not a perfect marriage, but I felt like it is all handled well. This is one you don't want to miss.


I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.



NIV Worship Together Bible Discover Scripture through Classic and Contemporary Musin, by Zonderv an


  • NIV Worship Together Bible Discover Scripture through Classic and Contemporary Music

  • Published by Zondervan



Worshiping God is one of the believer’s highest callings. Music and song have been a timeless way to glorify God throughout history. Scripture itself is full of musical and poetic praises dedicated to the Lord. Using a unique combination of songs and reflections, the NIV Worship Together Bible blends modern-day worship and culture with the beloved Word of God. This Bible helps you embrace God as your loving Father and shows you how to exalt him through song and reflection. The musical inspiration in this Bible will remind you of the importance of constantly striving to be Christlike. As Pastor Jack Hayford, the author of the song “Majesty,” once put it: “Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped.”

Features:

  • The complete text of the world’s most popular modern-English Bible, the NIV
  • Lyrics to the top 50 worship songs
  • Song notes and reflections from the songwriters
  • Simple chord charts for the Top 20 worship songs
  • Essay that explores the purpose and history of worship music
  • Foreword by Matt Maher
  • Index to organize songs by scriptural reference

Here is what I think!

I love this Bible, because I love Worship Songs and enjoy singing them as I worship. The idea of having the songs throughout this Bible is awesome for me, and I also enjoy the Behind the Songs page as well. The songs mean so much more when you know why they are written, and its all here together in this wonderful Bible. The Hardcover Bible is beautiful, with calming and pleasing colors, inviting you to always read Gods Word. 

If you enjoy Worship Songs while you are reading the Bible, then you will really enjoy this one. I encourage you to pick up a copy and see for yourself. I received this book from the publisher Thomas Nelson through their blogging program, BookSneeze, to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Litfuse Presents…..Winter In Full Bloom by Anita Higman

Book Info

 About Winter in Full Bloom:Lily Winter's wings are folded so tightly around her daughter that when empty nest arrives, she feels she can no longer fly. But Lily's lonely, widowed life changes in a heartbeat when she goes to visit a woman who is almost a stranger to her---a woman who also happens to be her mother. During their fiery reunion, her mother reveals a dark family secret that she'd been hiding for decades---Lily has an identical twin sister who was put up for adoption when they were just babies.Without looking back, Lily---with her fear of flying---boards a jumbo jet and embarks on a quest to find her sister which leads half way around the world to Melbourne, Australia. Befriended by imprudent Ausie, he might prove to be the key to finding her sister. But her journey becomes a circle that leads her back home to attempt a family reunion and to find the one dream she no longer imagined possible-the chance to fall in love again.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love, love the cover of this book, but I really didn't know what to expect, and now I see that it fits the story perfectly! Lily didn't have a relationship with her mother, a mother that was so bitter she didn't get along with anyone. After going ten years without seeing her, Lily visits her mother and finds out a deep dark family secret that turns Lily's life around. Lily has an identical twin sister, and an address in Melbourne, Australia is all that they know about this lost sister. Lily has to go find her,and this is where we enjoy her journey as she travels to Australia alone, and starts searching. While setting on a bench, an Ausie appears and Lily is surprised that he just might be the one who can help her find her twin. And I don't like giving anything away, so you need to read the book to find out what happens.
Anita Higman does it again, she writes a wonderful, interesting and entertaining story for us to enjoy. I really enjoyed Australia and the way Ms.Higmand so vividly describes everything about this interesting place where Lily is. All of the characters grow on you as the story unfolds. They are truly well developed as the story unfolds. I sure hope you enjoy this awesome story as much as I did. This is one book that I will be reading again!! I hope there is a second book.......I would love to find out more about Lily and her family!
I received this book from Litfuse to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
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Meet Anita: Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.
Connect with Anita at: www.anitahigman.com